MAKSIM Chmerkovskiy was bullied at school because of his dancing.
The Dancing With the Stars pro says he’s traveled a rocky road to success.
“Growing up in the USSR, we didn’t have much,” the hunky hunk told In Touch Weekly magazine.
“I encountered bullying when I came to the U.S. I was not popular at all.
“There was the usual sexuality-related stuff, people calling me gay. When I’d say I danced, people would act like I was diseased. I was beaten up. It hurt and was very upsetting.
“I had an amazing support system. My parents told me that if you believe in what you do, you can prove people wrong with your success.”
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